April 2012

12 April 2012

The drake Blue-winged Teal at Ham Wall. A Somerset unblocker for some, unfortunately for me not a county tick but still a smart bird. The weird thing was originally thought to be an Australasian Shoveler, but it is now looking more like a Cinnamon Teal/Shoveler hybrid!

10 April 2012

Utterly superb bird - the Black-winged Stilt that spent just the one day at Chew. If its the same one that's at Radipole, it must have flown over Somerset. Twice!

9 April 2012

It was either get out in the rain or go stir crazy. As nobody else wanted to get wet, Shapwich was empty and a few birds showed well. The Long-billed Dowitchers are getting some nice summer plumage.

5 April 2012

The Ruff (top) accompanying the two Long-billed Dowitchers at Meare Heath is now looking 'well smart'. A Bittern also showed on the edge of the scrape. I've yet to see a Bittern in Somerset stunningly well on the ground like they've showed at Chew or Slimbridge. Maybe one day?


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